A. Kamma

Jul 30, 2020

6 min read

The Dark Side of the Atlanta BeltLine

In the Old Fourth Ward, an Atlanta neighborhood where civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. was born and raised, Helene Mills, 90, has had her life pushed to the brink. She has lived in her yellow bungalow in the historically black and low income neighborhood since 2003, but recent luxury development in the area has caused her home’s value to nearly double since she bought it. As a senior living on fixed income, Mills has been forced to make major sacrifices in order to afford her skyrocketing property taxes. Even as she cuts back on food and clothing, she still worries that rising taxes…